SFX at Wageningen UR Library - Frequently Asked Questions


What is SFX?

SFX is a tool provided by Wageningen UR Library that creates shortcuts to the full-text of online articles and other documents, as well as links to other Library services.

SFX enabled resources will display a customised Wageningen UR Library SFX button SFX logo

When you see an SFX button in an electronic resource, simply click on the button to see a menu of options for the citation of interest. These options include:

  • Links to the full text of an article regardless of the publisher
  • Automated searching of the library catalog for our print or electronic holdings

This new service started in September 2004 and will expand and improve as new resources are added.

How do I access SFX?

Simply start a literature search in the databases you normally use: CAB Abstracts, Web of Science, etc. When you see the SFX logo click on the button. This will open a window with a menu of service options.

Which services are available in SFX?

Depending on the bibliographic reference you found, the following services are available in SFX:

  • Access to full text
  • Access to table of contents
  • Access to abstract
  • Holdings in Wageningen Catalogue
  • Request a copy via Wageningen UR Library
  • Add this publication to personal shortcuts in My Library
  • Add Table Of Contents alert to My Library
  • Download reference to Endnote, Procite or Reference Manager database
  • Find related information on the Internet
  • FAQ about SFX at Wageningen UR Library
  • List of current access problems with electronic journals

More services will be included in due time!

Who can use SFX? From where?

Anybody using the Wageningen Digital Library can use SFX. However, SFX will sometimes lead you towards resources that are being paid for by the Library. These resources are available only within the Wageningen UR domain (IP recognition) or off campus via My Library.

Which databases are now SFX enabled?
  • ABI/INFORM Global
  • AGRICOLA
  • AGRIS
  • Aqualine
  • ASFA
  • Biological Abstracts
  • BioMed Central
  • CAB-Abstracts
  • Communication & mass media complete
  • Econlit
  • ERIC
  • Faculty of 1000
  • FSTA
  • Gender Studies Database
  • GEOBASE
  • Google Scholar
  • Historical Abstracts
  • Medline
  • Oceanic Abstracts
  • Philosopher's Index
  • Pubmed
  • PsycINFO
  • Scopus
  • SocINDEX
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • Tropag and Rural
  • Web of Science
  • Zoological Record

We are working hard to make SFX available in even more databases.

Why don't I always get a link to an electronic version of the publication?

There is not always an electronic version available. In that case the service is not shown in the menu screen. The availability of an electronic article depends on two factors:

  • The availability off of the full-text (not everything in print is already available electronically).
  • The availability of a Wageningen UR License for the electronic version of the publication.

Click on the "Holdings in Wageningen Catalogue link" in the SFX Menu to see what holdings we have in paper.

Sometimes I click on the full text button and go right to an article, but sometimes I only get to the journal, not the article itself. Why?

SFX is limited by the ability of the publisher site to accept and understand the SFX URL. With some journals it is not possible to link directly to the article. This is related to the architecture of the website of publishers and information providers. In these cases SFX brings you to a higher level in the journal website, e.g. to the table of contents or the homepage of the journal. At that point you will have to select that article yourself.

I do not always get the option to download the record. Why?

This option is only implemented for books and for journal articles for which volume and issue are indicated in the record.

In which browser window does the information appear?

Internet Explorer uses a maximum of three windows for SFX. This can cause confusion when you start a second SFX service or with a new search. The orginal database uses the first window, the SFX menu appears in the second window and the service which has been linked to appears in the third window. We recommend you close this third window before using a new SFX service.

Which browser settings are important?

SFX uses Javascript, therefore your browser should support Javascript.

How does SFX work?

SFX has been developed by Ex Libris. It is being used by many libraries worldwide, including a number of Dutch University Libraries.

Technologically speaking, SFX is based on the OpenURL protocol. The idea behind this standard is that links should lead users directly to appropriate resources. The OpenURL syntax creates web-transportable packages of metadata and/or identifiers, which provide the basis for context-sensitive or open link technology. It is expected that the OpenURL will become a recognized NISO-standard.

However, in order for this standard to work, there must be metadata with which to work with. The success of SFX is dependent upon Wageningen UR Library's database of subscription information that contains detailed records on what electronic products we license and equally important, what years of coverage we have for each of these products.

For example, if Wageningen UR Library has an electronic subscription to the journal Gesunde Pflanzen from 2002, then when you see a citation for an article in a database like Biological Abstracts from 1994, you should not see a link to the electronic copy since our subscription does not include this year. You should only see links that are appropriate to what the Library has a current license to.

Why does the SFX service 'Find related information on the Internet' only use title words for searching?

By default the title words (of the found document) are used to 'Find related information on the Internet' in SFX.

Below the link 'Find related information on the Internet' these words are presented in a textbox. You can delete some of these words and/or add others before you do the search.

Wageningen Catalogue used to offer the service 'More like this' for Internet searching both with keywords and with title words. Keywords are no a part of the OpenURL protocol however and thus not available to SFX.

Will SFX change?

SFX is not perfect yet!

Nevertheless, the concept will remain the same. New services will be added and the SFX button or link will become visible in more databases.

How can I ask questions or give comments about SFX?

Please contact the Service Desk if you have any remarks, complaints, questions or comments!

mail icon Wageningen Digital Library, 14 July 2011